|Other names||Chesterfield Time|
|Country of origin||United States|
|TV adaptations||The Fred Waring Show|
|Produced by||Tom Bennett|
|Original release||February 8, 1933– October 4, 1957|
|Sponsored by||American Meat Company|
Ford Motor Company
Old Gold cigarettes
The Fred Waring Show is an American old-time radio musical variety program. It was broadcast in a variety of time slots from February 8, 1933, until October 4, 1957, and was heard at different times on ABC, CBS, NBC, and the Blue Network. The program was sometimes called Chesterfield Time or Pleasure Time.
Musician Fred Waring starred in the shows, which featured his orchestra and chorus. An article in the trade publication Broadcasting described Waring's programs on radio (and later on television) as featuring "friendly banter with his crew, plus renditions of old-time favorite songs and ballads by the chorus and vocalists."
Waring's programs were usually broadcast from the Shawnee Inn in Shawnee on Delaware, Pennsylvania, a facility that he acquired and renamed, transforming the venue into the center of his musical activities.
Waring's broadcasts were heard on the schedule shown in the table below.
|Beginning Date||Ending Date||Network||Day||Sponsor|
|February 8, 1933||January 31, 1934||CBS||Wednesday||Old Gold cigarettes|
|February 4, 1934||December 29, 1936||CBS||various days||Ford Motor Company|
|January 17, 1936||December 25, 1936||Blue||Friday||Ford Motor Company|
|October 8, 1938||March 4, 1939||NBC||Saturday||Bromo Quinine|
|June 19, 1939||June 9, 1944||NBC||weekdays||Chesterfield cigarettes|
|September 7, 1944||May 31, 1945||Blue||Thursday||--------|
|June 4, 1945||July 8, 1949||NBC||weekdays (daytime)||American Meat Company,
Florida Citrus Growers
|June 18, 1946||September 24, 1946||NBC||Tuesday||Johnson's Wax|
|June 24, 1947||September 30, 1947||NBC||Tuesday||Johnson's Wax|
|June 7, 1948||September 29, 1948||NBC||Mondays and Wednesdays (daytime)||Johnson's Wax|
|October 6, 1947||September 29, 1949||NBC||Mondays (1947-1948)
|July 16, 1949||July 22, 1950||NBC||Saturday||Minnesota Canning Company|
|October 1, 1956||March 15, 1957||ABC||weekdays (daytime)||--------|
|April 9, 1957||October 4, 1957||ABC||weekdays||--------|
Source: On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio
Transcriptions for Ford
In 1935, Ford Motor Company used transcriptions from Waring's CBS broadcasts to promote the new 1935 Ford V8 automobile. The World Broadcasting System produced three 15-minute transcriptions for distribution to 300 radio stations vial local Ford dealers.
Those transcriptions were key in establishing a musical artist's legal rights with regard to recordings of performances. In 1939, A United States District court in North Carolina granted Waring an injunction against using a transcription without his authorization. Waring had sued Richard Austin Dunlea, who owned radio station WMFD in Wilmington, North Carolina, after the station broadcast an excerpt from a transcription despite the station's not being designated for use of the transcription. Judge Isaac M. Meekins' ruling said, in part: "Complainant has a property right in his performance. Complainant by mental labor creates something which is the subject of sale ... It is his work, his property ..."
The ruling in North Carolina followed a similar decision in Pennsylvania, in which a state court said that radio station WDAS had to have Waring's permission to broadcast recordings that he had made.
- Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio (Revised ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. pp. 269-271. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. Retrieved 2019-09-09.
270 The Fred Waring Show.
- Reinehr, Robert C.; Swartz, Jon D. (2010). The A to Z of Old Time Radio. Scarecrow Press. pp. 103–104. ISBN 9781461672074.
- "Fred Waring Show" (PDF). Broadcasting. July 29, 1957. p. 20. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
- Chase, Gilbert (1946). Music in Radio Broadcasting (PDF). New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company. p. vii. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
- Rhoads, B. Eric (1996). A Pictorial History of Radio's First 75 Years (PDF). West Palm Beach, Florida: Streamline Publishing, Inc. p. 219. ISBN 1-886745-06-4. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
- "Behind the Mike" (PDF). Broadcasting. October 18, 1943. p. 40. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
- Danilov, Victor J. (2013). Famous Americans: A Directory of Museums, Historic Sites, and Memorials. Scarecrow Press. p. 170. ISBN 9780810891869. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
- "300 Get Ford Discs" (PDF). Broadcasting. January 15, 1935. p. 35. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
- "Court Recognizes Recorder's Rights" (PDF). Broadcasting. March 1, 1939. p. 49. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
- Log of The Fred Waring Show from Jerry Haendiges Vintage Radio Logs
- Log of The Fred Waring Show from Old Time Radio Researchers Group
- Log of Fred Waring and The Pennsylvanians from radioGOLDINdex
- Log of Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians from radioGOLDINdex
- Log of The Fred Waring Show from radioGOLDINdex